Missy Higgins To Discuss 'Identity' With Zan Rowe On ABC TV's 'Take 5' Tonight

4 October 2022 | 1:21 pm | Mary Varvaris

Missy Higgins features on tonight's episode, 4 October 2022, at 8 pm on ABC TV and iView.

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Missy Higgins is next up on Take 5 with Zan Rowe tonight. 

After humble beginnings as a radio segment 15 years ago, Take 5 blossomed into a podcast and now shines on our small screens for five episodes on ABC TV. Each episode features a different artist - or actor, or sports presenter, in the cases of Guy Pearce and Tony Armstrong - and a different lens to look through five songs that have impacted their lives intimately. 

The song choices often surprise and enlighten listeners and viewers to a new side of whoever sits opposite Zan Rowe, with Pearce dubbing Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, and Jeff Buckley artists he related to when enduring grief and loss once he looked at the lyrics. In his episode, Urban chose Daft Punk, Cold Chisel, and Diana Ross, who soundtracked his evolution from the guy in Nashville who didn't fit in to an international superstar.

Rowe took to Twitter this morning to share that Higgins wholeheartedly embraced the theme of 'identity'. Higgins "finds it remarkable how a song can attach itself to a moment in time," she said in the Take 5 trailer. "I didn't realise that this was going to be a therapy session, did you?" she asks, after listening to the song that played when she walked down the aisle. 

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Missy Higgins' episode tonight was her first interview since separating from her husband. On an ABC Backstory about Take 5, Rowe said, "I've known Missy for 15 years, and at that moment I was thinking, from a pure respect point of view, I can't just leave her out there with cameras filming her. I didn't want her to feel as though we were filming her and exploiting her in an incredibly vulnerable moment. So, I just held her until she was ready to let go."

Follow Missy and Zan tonight through a journey that promises a "new understanding of one of our greatest songwriters".

Previous episodes include Guy Pearce (20 September) and Keith Urban (27 September). Tony Armstrong (11 October) and Tori Amos (18 October) are next. You can find extended episodes on the ABC Listen app.

Rowe has been an Australian radio mainstay for over 20 years. She has interviewed everybody, from Paul Kelly, Kylie Minogue, Peter Garrett, Brian Eno, and Jessica Mauboy, to Paul McCartney.

Check out the trailer below!